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The Black Cat Reviews

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October 20, 2016
Wildly expressionistic, the movie has nothing to do with the Poe story from which it takes its title and everything to do with Ulmer's sense of the Nazi menace.
October 14, 2014
This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind.
October 6, 2013
This timeless classic is a testimony to the craft of director Edgar G Ulmer before his career lurched into the quickie arena.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 3, 2010
Edgar G. Ulmer's grandest danse macabre, a magnificently sustained trance
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October 19, 2008
A dismal hocus-pocus which seems to confuse its actors as much as it fails to frighten its audience.
October 19, 2008
A magnificently eerie entry from the early days of Hollywood horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2008
No monsters but lots of atmosphere, this is a classic of the genre.
October 13, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2007
Story is confused and confusing, and while with the aid of heavily-shadowed lighting and mausoleum-like architecture, a certain eeriness has been achieved, it's all a poor imitation of things seen before.
September 26, 2007
Ulmer never again had the budgetary resources granted him by Universal (at the time, Karloff and Lugosi were two of the studio's biggest stars), and he makes the most of them.
August 4, 2007
One of the best in Universal's storied horror cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2006
More foolish than horrible. The story and dialogue pile the agony on too thick to give the audience a reasonable scare.
February 9, 2006
Sumptuously subversive... one of the very best horror movies Universal ever made.
September 15, 2005
... a baroque masterpiece, the pinnacle of expressionism of Hollywood.
January 28, 2005
A creepy classic, this one is the cat's meow.
January 18, 2005
Inventive horror classic with brilliant sets and visual style.
August 29, 2004
The Black Cat's impressionist wasteland is composed of equal parts severe allegory and pulp poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 30, 2003
A remarkable study of evil containing some unusually brutal scenes in its frenzied climax, The Black Cat is still one of the most affecting horrors the genre has ever produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 30, 2002
Lugosi's finest performance, Ulmer's finest film. Brilliant.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 29, 2002
A woderfully perverse and creepy delight. If Karloff's religion doesn't scare you, his hairdo will.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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